Health Insurance Fraud: How to Not Become a Victim


Preventing Healthcare Fraud: How to Avoid Becoming a Victim

Preventing healthcare fraud will require vigilance on your behalf, as health fraud can be committed from many angles — from con artists to companies to corrupt providers. It may seem like a victimless crime, but health insurance fraud can end up being a huge headache at best; at worst, it can prevent you from receiving the services that you need, putting your health at risk. Though the tactics of fraudsters are always evolving, here are some aspects of preventing healthcare fraud that should help to keep you protected no matter what.

The Basics on Healthcare Fraud

Familiarize yourself with your health insurance plan, including what is or isn’t covered. This is a good measure to take in preventing healthcare or Medicare fraud, as you’ll be more familiar with what your provider can bill to your insurance company or to Medicare.

Read and keep all medical records. If you have any questions about anything in your records, even if you don’t think it’s a red flag for health fraud, ask questions. It’s a good idea, in any correspondence with health insurance providers, to take down their name, who they work for, and contact information. Jot down when you spoke to them and notate what you spoke about if there was anything specific or important.

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